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Simplicity Ain't Easy

Ben Mabey edited this page Jul 13, 2013 · 2 revisions

Abstract

A quick review of what programmers have to say about simplicity might lead you to the following (incorrect!) conclusions:

  • every language/design approach/tool under the sun lays claim to simplicity, usually as a key virtue
  • simplicity means many different things and is so subjective as to be worthless

In fact, simplicity is objective. It has a definition, and an etymology, that are very useful to software developers. In this talk, we will:

  • cut through the noise to the definition of simplicity
  • demonstrate how simplicity informs the design of Clojure, and Clojure programs
  • help you make your programs simpler, and explain to others what this means, and why.

On the Web

  • Video from Clojure/conj, Oct 2010
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